Jan. 13, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's swimming and diving team kicked of the New Year with a 183-117 upset over third-ranked Texas Thursday at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The No. 12 Tigers picked up 12 wins out the 16 events to highlight the day.
Four athletes in senior Micah Martindale, juniors Anna Aguero and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and freshman Emily Bos tallied two wins each to lead the Tigers.
"I'm really proud of the way this team has come together and the way they competed against a great Texas team," head coach Brett Hawke said. "I'm proud of a handful of individual performances, but am even more excited with the overall team performance today."
Martindale earned wins in the 500 free and the 1000 free for Auburn. She touched in first in the 500 free with a time of 4:52.28 and recorded a season-best time of 9:54.33 in the 1000 free. Vanderpool-Wallace finished first in the 50 free (22.38) and 100 free (49.05), while Bos won both the 100 back (53.71) and 200 back (1:57.17).
"Micah (Martindale) has really taken her swimming to another level this season," Hawke said. "It is very exciting to see a senior swim very well and we're happy for her."
Aguero had a solid showing on the boards for Auburn as she captured the one-meter (314.18) and three-meter springboard events. Classmate Vennie Dantin finished second on the one-meter (291.00) and the three-meter (327.90).
"We're constantly working on developing a level of consistency and it was excellent to see both step up and help the team defeat Texas," head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "To see them both perform to the level we need is very rewarding."
Also recording individual first-place finishes was freshman Olivia Scott
and sophomore Katie Gardocki
. Scott won the 100 fly with a time of 53.38, while Gardocki captured first in the 400 IM in 4:19.56. Gardocki also picked up a pair of second-place finishes in the 500 free (4:52.58) and 1000 free (9:54.52).
The Tigers took first in the meet's two relays, opening with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The squad of Bos, junior Micah Lawrence, Scott and Vanderpool-Wallace touched in with a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:39.90. The quartet of Bos, Scott, junior Jenny Von Jouanne and sophomore Hannah Riordan closed the day with a first-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:32.12).
Riordan had a pair of strong performances in the sprint free events, taking third in the 50 free (23.10) and second in the 100 free (50.07). Sophomore Becca Jones led all Tigers in the 200 free, finishing third in 1:49.89.
Seniors Melanie Roberts and Erica Meissner each had a second-place finish for Auburn. Roberts took second in the 200 fly (2:01.37), while Meissner was second in the 200 back (1:58.76).
Auburn breaststrokers had solid point-scoring performances during the meet. Sophomores Lindsey Norberg (1:01.67) and Lauren Norberg (1:01.94) and junior Micah Lawrence (1:02.55) finished 2-3-4 in the 100 breast. Lawrence came in second in the 200 breast (2:14.17), while Lauren Norberg was third in 2:18.18.
The Auburn men host the top-ranked and defending national champion Texas Longhorns Friday in a 1 p.m. meet at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The entire team next competes Jan. 21 in a 4 p.m. face-off with SEC rival Florida in Auburn.
Auburn Swimming and Diving
Thursday, January 13, 2011
James E. Martin Aquatics Center; Auburn, Ala.
Team Scores: No. 12 Auburn - 183; No. 3 Texas - 117
Auburn Top Finishers - Women: 200 Medley Relay - 1. Bos, Lawrence, Scott, Vanderpool-Wallace (1:39.90); 1000 Freestyle - 1. Martindale (9:54.33); 200 Freestyle - 3. Jones (1:49.89); 100 Backstroke - 1. Bos (53.71); 100 Breaststroke - 2. Li. Norberg (1:01.67); 200 Butterfly - 2. Roberts (2:01.37); 50 Freestyle - 1. Vanderpool-Wallace (22.38); One-Meter - 1. Aguero (314.18); 100 Freestyle - 1. Vanderpool-Wallace (49.05); 200 Backstroke - 1. Bos (1:57.17); 200 Breaststroke - 2. Lawrence (2:14.17); 500 Freestyle - 1. Martindale (4:52.28); 100 Butterfly - 1. Scott (53.58); Three-Meter - 1. Aguero (337.65); 400 IM - 1. Gardocki (4:19.56); 200 Freestyle Relay - 1. Bos, Scott, Von Jouanne, Riordan (1:32.12).